Chinese Workers Start Anti-sweatshop Petition

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NEW YORK – The Chinese Staff and Workers' Association (CSWA), a labor rights group based in New York, held a fundraiser in Chinatown, where they asked community members to sign a petition to ask city government officials to step up enforcement of labor laws in local sweatshops, reports China Press. CSWA member He Ming said although labor conditions have improved in recent years, workers still face exploitation and oppression in the workplace, which harms their ability to make a living and hurts their families.  The newspaper reports that half of the donations received would be used to support education and outreach on labor rights, while the other half would be used to offer support to unemployed community members. The group will gather signatures until June 26.